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Amulet of a djed-pillar

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This amulet is made of light blue-green faience that is glazed. It is nn the shape of a djed-pillar, understood as the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris. It was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability. There are incised lines between the vertebral segments. Traces of gilding remain.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.

Dimensions

Width x length: 2.3 x 7.3 cm (7/8 x 2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.2360

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets